Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

 
SUPREME COURT ISSUES THURSDAY RULINGS

By mid-June, it is normal for the Court to deviate from its normal Monday rulings.  Here are  two interesting rulings.

Texas Water Rights

" The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Texas’ claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old agreement to cross the border with Oklahoma for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area.
The justices on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that said Oklahoma laws intended to block Texas’ water claims are valid."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-sides-with-oklahoma-over-texas-in-red-river-water-dispute/2013/06/13/f0745c02-d433-11e2-b3a2-3bf5eb37b9d0_story.html


DNA cannot be patented

"The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that natural human genes cannot be patented by companies, but it said that synthetically produced genetic material can — a mixed ruling for the biotechnology industry.

A naturally occurring piece of DNA is “a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated,” the court said"

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/13/18935727-supreme-court-says-natural-human-genes-cant-be-patented?lite


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